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Isle of Wight councillor suffers stroke at County Hall

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The councillor was initially advised to go home and call his GP, but he was taken to hospital, where he spent a night in the stroke unit.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 4:22pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Videos: Save our NHS Flashmob take on Newport

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Save Our Isle of Wight NHS groupp teamed up with the Melodic Choir for three Flashmobs in Newport on Saturday - watch videos of the events that were aimed to raise awareness of several issues.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 4:05pm

By Christine Lightbody

Reduce maximum stake on betting machines further says Isle of Wight MP

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As reported by OnTheWight, the cumulative amount lost to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in eight years on the Isle of Wight was nearly £20m. Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, would like to see maximum stakes set to £2.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 3:36pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight as an ‘education destination’ showcased in Parliament

A unique project that combines traditional Isle of Wight strengths as a visitor destination with high-quality teaching was showcased in Parliament today.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 3:03pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with one comment

MP welcomes protection for workers’ pensions

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The Isle of Wight MP says he is "delighted the Government listened and is introducing penalties for companies that neglect their duties to their pension schemes".

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 2:46pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 3 readers' comments

National ‘Action Counters Terrorism’ campaign supported by Isle of Wight police

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight police say 82% of UK adults have said they would report suspicious activity to the police and want to hear if you notice anything you believe could be terrorist-related.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 2:05pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Conversion of farm buildings without planning permission welcomed by CLA

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The Housing Minister has extended the right to convert buildings without having to seek a full planning permission by allowing more options to convert existing farm buildings into family homes.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 1:41pm

By Helen Symes

Downs Road closed for recovery of Island Roads vehicle

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Diversions are in place which the vehicle is recovered from Downs Road, Arreton.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 12:26pm

By Sally Perry

Specialist child counsellor becomes new clinical lead for Isle of Wight Youth Trust

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The specialist child and adolescent counsellor has now been announced as the new Clinical Lead at Isle of Wight Youth Trust.

Monday, 19th March, 2018 7:22pm

By Felicity Radak

Isle of Wight pupils achieving AAB at A-level is half the national average

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Concerns were raised at the Scrutiny Committee for Children's Services about the attainment of Isle of Wight children in post-16 education. Those achieving AAB at A-Level was 7.7%, compared to 14.7% nationally.

Monday, 19th March, 2018 5:32pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight schools accused of ‘erratic’ results by boss for school improvement

Too much attention has been focused on pupils close to the 'C' or 4 grade threshold, often to the detriment of less academically-able pupils, says a Isle of Wight council report.

Monday, 19th March, 2018 5:18pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 8 readers' comments

Government commits further support for neighbourhood plans

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More funding to help communities develop their own Neighbourhood Plans has been announced by the Government.

Monday, 19th March, 2018 4:35pm

By John Bayliss with 2 readers' comments